Well, this is a little awkward. According to a new report, Today show star Megyn Kelly won’t be traveling to PyeongChang, South Korea next month to cover the 2018 Winter Olympics with her NBC co-stars. “This is incredibly embarrassing for Megyn,” an NBC News insider recently told Fox News. “Anybody who’s anybody at NBC goes to the Olympics.”
The Hill columnist Joe Concha agreed “it is odd” that Megyn — who is the highest paid Today star with a reported $23 million per year salary — is staying in NYC during the upcoming games. “Megyn’s ratings are improving a bit as [her show, Megyn Kelly Today], has focused on the sexual harassment issue, but she could still use the kind of exposure and interviews you only get when physically at the Olympics,” Concha said.
Carson Daly, Matt, Hoda, and Megyn on Today. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
While Megyn, 47, remains in NYC with Kathie Lee Gifford and Jenna Bush Hager, Today stars Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Willie Geist, Craig Melvin, Lester Holt, and Dylan Dreyer will all travel to South Korea to cover the Olympics from Friday, Feb. 9 to Sunday, Feb. 25. “Traditionally, NBC brings its highest-profile people, particularly on their morning shows,” Sports Illustrated media guru Richard Deitsch revealed.
Though we don’t know exactly why Megyn is staying behind, several people have publicly speculated that NBC either didn’t think she was right for the gig or the mom-of-three chose to stay home. “I sense that NBC feels Megyn could be a lightning rod and distract viewers from the feel-good nature of Olympics coverage,” media analyst Jeff McCall said. Deitsch added, “Megyn has as much credentials to go to South Korea as anybody else on the Today show.”
Interestingly, former Today star Katie Couric revealed on Wednesday, Jan. 17 that she is returning to NBC to co-host the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony with NBC Sports emcee Mike Tirico. “During my years at NBC, I loved covering the Olympics and showcasing the hard work, dedication, and perseverance of athletes from around the world,” she said in a statement. “The Opening Ceremony will be a chance for South Korea to share its culture and customs and for the international community to celebrate this unparalleled display of athletic achievement and sportsmanship. There’s nothing quite like it.” We can’t wait to watch!
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